US Ambassador to SA Lana Marks talks politics, COVID-19 and more

US Ambassador to SA Lana Marks talks politics, COVID-19 and more

United States Ambassador to South Africa and fashion designer, Lana Marks, joined the Scenic Drive to talk politics, COVID-19 and her love for South Africa.

Lana Marks
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On 4 October 2019, United States President Donald Trump swore in Eastern Cape native Lana Marks as his new ambassador to South Africa. Since she took on her new role, Marks has stated that her primary goals include youth and women empowerment.

She is a member of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and the two are reportedly closely acquainted.

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Marks attended the Clarendon High School for Girls in East London and speaks English, Xhosa, and Afrikaans. She left South Africa for Bermuda in 1976 after marrying a British psychiatrist. She moved to Palm Beach (Florida) in 1987 where she has lived ever since.

Marks is also a successful designer. She is the founder of a wildly successful designer handbag line. Her handbag line is well-known and was supported by the late Princess Diana, who was also a personal friend. 

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